su·​per·​fi·​ci·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌsü-pər-ˌfi-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce superficiality (audio) \
plural superficialities

Definition of superficiality

1 : the quality or state of being superficial
2 : something superficial

Examples of superficiality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid the sweat and superficiality of the first Coachella since 2019, the most maligned concert format felt vital again. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 That superficiality feels part and parcel with the series as a whole. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 The indifference to characters as sentient beings rather than pawns in a plot emerges in a twist that’s a long-standing marker of action-film superficiality: apocalyptic chaos. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2022 The fan-favorite innovative dating show that sprang forth a successful relationship for Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton in season 1 is returning to Netflix with a new cast of hopefuls hoping to find love free from the confines of superficiality. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 13 Jan. 2022 Both stunts signal Branagh’s lack of imagination — and worse, his superficiality. Armond White, National Review, 19 Nov. 2021 The intellectual poverty of the Argentine political field is laid bare in the superficiality of public debate. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 The revelation reinforced once again the superficiality of the feminism behind high-profile efforts to combat harassment. Clio Chang, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 For reasons never properly explained, after inveighing against superficiality, Cinderella goes along with it. David Benedict, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of superficiality

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Superficiality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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